45th Telluride Film Festival 2018

45th Telluride Film Festival 2018 (by Pamela Gentile)

TFF 45 Tribute Alfonso Cuarón

TFF 45 Tribute Alfonso Cuarón (by Pamela Gentile)

Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman

Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman (by Pamela Gentile)

Melissa McCarthy and Marielle Heller

Melissa McCarthy and Marielle Heller (by Kevin Van Rensselaer)

Jill Wine-Banks, Lesley Stahl and Charles Ferguson

Jill Wine-Banks, Lesley Stahl and Charles Ferguson (by Pamela Gentile)

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin (by Pamela Gentile)

TFF 45 Camp Telluride 2018

TFF 45 Camp Telluride 2018 (by Eugene Kwon)

  • 45th Telluride Film Festival 2018
  • TFF 45 Tribute Alfonso Cuarón
  • Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman
  • Melissa McCarthy and Marielle Heller
  • Jill Wine-Banks, Lesley Stahl and Charles Ferguson
  • Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin
  • TFF 45 Camp Telluride 2018

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46th Telluride Film Festival 2019 Announces Guest Director Pico Iyer

We are proud to announce our 2019 Guest Director, Pico Iyer. The celebrated author is set to select a series of films to present at the 46th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, August 30 through September 2, 2019.



Festival organizers annually select one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest Director serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to Telluride. In keeping with Telluride Film Festival tradition, Iyer’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup, will be kept secret until Opening Day.



“Pico is a tremendously gifted writer with unrivaled wit,” said TFF Executive Director Julie Huntsinger. “His enthusiasm for film, especially within his writing, has buoyed and enchanted us. It has made working with him to create this year’s Guest Director program a particularly delightful experience. Both Tom Luddy and I are thrilled to have him with us this year.”



Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and thirteen works of non-fiction. His books have been translated into 23 languages and both his 2008 meditation on the XIVth Dalai Lama, The Open Road, and his TED Book, The Art of Stillness, were best sellers across the U.S. They have also made him a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.



An essayist for Time since 1986, he is a constant contributor to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s and more than 200 other newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he has published introductions to 70 other works.



Iyer has also written many liner-notes for Leonard Cohen, essays for several Criterion Collection DVDs and a screenplay for Miramax. His writing on Malick, Farhadi, Bertolucci, Scorsese and many other filmmakers has appeared all over, and his writing on movie studios from North Korea to Hyderabad has borne out The New Yorker’s assertion that “As a guide to far-flung places, he can hardly be surpassed.”



Born in Oxford, England, in 1957, Iyer was educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard. This year he’s been serving as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton.



“In the times I’ve been to the Festival I’ve seen as many rich and original films in three days as I get to watch in the next twelve months combined,” said Iyer. “So when Tom and Julie asked if I might be willing to serve as Guest Director this year, I felt as stunned and delighted as if I’d been given the keys to the kingdom. Movies have actually been my secret passion for as long as the Telluride Film Festival has been around. But nobody had intuited this until Tom and Julie, a dream team of sorts, sensed my excitement and offered me a chance to share my enthusiasms and passions with others. The invitation to help choose films for the Festival this year was the most exciting one I can remember receiving; I only hope I can pass on a fraction of the delight that I have found at Telluride to others in this inspiring community.”



Past Guest Directors include Jonathan Lethem, Joshua Oppenheimer, Volker Schlöndorff, Rachel Kushner, Guy Maddin, Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante, Peter Sellars, Don DeLillo, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer and Slavoj Žižek.



The Guest Director program is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Considered throughout the industry as one of the leading authorities on classic film, the network presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, highlighting the entire spectrum of film history.

Posted on June 19, 2019
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TFF 45 WATERGATE Conversation

Recorded: September 01, 2018

TFF 45 Noon Seminar A

Recorded: September 01, 2018

TFF 45 Noon Seminar B

Recorded: September 02, 2018

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